Why We're Doing This, and How You Can Help

What would inspire two men, ages 65 and 59, to take on 11 racetracks in 21 stages and 25 days over 1,000 kilometers...on their bicycles?

The way we see it, Thoroughbred race horses have contributed to the very meaning of life, so they too deserve to retire with dignity and not be sent to the slaughterhouse just because they now do six furlongs in 1:16 instead of 1:12.

As American expatriates living in Paris, we have decided to ride our own Tour de France--riding from racetrack to racetrack across France--during the 'real' Tour de France to raise money for Thoroughbred retirement. But we need your help.

We invite you to follow our journey, and if you'd like to sponsor us, just click on www.firstgiving.com/trf or on the Sponsor Us link below.

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation currently cares for over 1200 unwanted horses. When you sponsor us, we are helping them in their mission to save ALL unwanted racehorses.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


This is our first chance to ride for their lives, to raise funds for thoroughbred retirement: Paris to Saint-Cloud race course, Monday May 24.
As noted before, we're getting in two or three pre-Tour de France stages for a well-deserved head start on Lance Armstrong, since we're decades older than he is.
Saint-Cloud is a fashionable suburb on a plateau to the west of Paris. To get there, we'll have to climb a long hill. Included in the trip will be several two-mile-and-a-sixteenth laps around the track and a side trip to pay tribute to the American Military Cemetery.
During each race track visit, we'll interview racing personalities, raising the issue of race horse retirement.
The long hill to get there may be less of a challenge than trying to get back home, that is if we end up taking performance dis-enhancing substances at the Saint-Cloud bar.
If the heat is too much and we arrive frayed and sweaty, we'll just ask a groom to hose us down.
We'll file a full report Monday night.

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